Living under a mask for such a long time has left many of us neglecting our lips. And although you might not want to invest in that favorite lipstick yet, you can pay more attention to your lip skincare - try a lip scrub occasionally for exfoliation and be sure and use sunscreen for the times that you are more exposed to the sun. If you’re looking for additional volume, you may want to consider lip fillers. We spoke with Dr. Julie Harper of Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham who noted that “most people seeking lip fillers do not want to look overdone - they just want a natural looking lip with some added volume.”  

What are lip fillers?

As we age, our bodies begin to produce less collagen, and our lips are one of the first places to notice that loss as they start to look thinner. Most lip fillers, like Juvederm, are made of hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in the skin. Because hyaluronic acid stores moisture, injectable lip fillers are able to give skin a plump and hydrated look.

Is there down-time?

There may be slight swelling or bruising immediately after the injections for some.  But this should subside within the first 24-48 hours after the injections. It usually takes about two weeks for the filler to settle in for the look you’re going for.

How long do lip fillers last?

Every person is different and it varies by how quickly one’s body breaks down the filler, but most will last for between 6 and 18 months.

Are the results reversible?

If after two weeks, you’re not happy with the result, in most cases, your doctor can give injections of hyaluronidase and can usually adjust or dissolve the filler.

The most important decision to make in regards to lip fillers is using a skilled, board certified physician. Skip the spa or beauty salon for this treatment. 

Dr. Julie Harper and Dr. Scarlette Smith of Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham are world renowned dermatologists with over 25 years of dermatology experience. For a consultation, call them at (205) 978-3336 or visit for more information.